Guaranteed departures on Tuesdays, from March to November, from Palermo
Upon your arrival in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, one of our vehicles will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you comfortably and quickly to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and begin enjoying Palermo at your own pace. Dinner is included at your hotel.
After enjoying a tasty breakfast you will visit Monreale, a beautiful citylikely to be of Arab origin with its imposing Arab-Norman Cathedral, built by the Norman King William II, being one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe and its Cloister square, a masterpiece of 228 columns with different decoration.
You will continue to Palermo, capital of Sicily, where Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards passed through, where gastronomy plays a key role in the daily life of its inhabitants. It preserves monuments from the Arab-Norman period such as the beautiful Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and also with Nordic and Arab elements in its architecture, the Chiesa della Martorana, with Byzantine, Norman and Baroque elements and a place where some nuns invented “the Martorana fruit. “, some almond flour and sugar dough sweets shaped like fruits and the Palatine Chapel, located inside the Palace of the Normans and one of the best-known churches in Sicily, dedicated to Saint Peter, the first pope of the Christian church. During the tour you will make a stop at a historic focacceria to enjoy a pleasant gastronomic surprise.
Once the tour is finished you will head back to your hotel in Palermo.
After a rich breakfast, you will leave for Cefalu, a small and beautiful fishing village, famous for its Norman cathedral, its medieval old town, its archaeological museum, and its gastronomy loaded with seafood. You will stroll through the charming streets of the center and you will have the possibility of visiting the famous Mandralisca Museum that exhibits one of the most beautiful and mysterious portraits of Antonello Da Messina, the portrait of the “Unknown Man”, whose enigmatic smile seems to have inspired the Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci.
Then you will continue to Catania, a city that was not lucky in terms of the countless invasions in the course of history, but that was able to find a balance in the beauty of its historical center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Once in Catania, you will walk through the historical center passing through the old fish market in Plaza Alonso de Benedetto until reaching the Plaza del Duomo with the Cathedral of Santa Agata, rebuilt after the earthquake in 1693, and then the fountain with a stone elephant holding an obelisk on his back (symbol of the city). We will make a stop at a very cozy bar where you will taste the typical sweet granita with brioche.
After this amazing tour, accommodation in Catania.
After a delicious breakfast, you will make a quick visit to the historic fish market. Then you will go to visit Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You will arrive at the Sapienza Refuge at 1,800 meters of altitude where we will visit the extinguished craters or, “Crateri Silvestri”. The beauty of this place is based on the fact that for centuries the volcano has created a place where nature, culture, and history have come together to give rise to a unique place in the world.
Then you will visit a beekeeping company, exactly a honey extraction laboratory, you will taste artisan honey and typical products of the area.
At the end you will continue to Taormina, to discover the romantic streets of the city or to visit the famous Greco-Roman Theater, a typical postcard image of Taormina, we will marvel at its architecture and the panoramic view with Etna in the background. The theater was built in Hellenistic times and was almost entirely rebuilt in the times of Roman rule when the venue was used for gladiatorial fighting. Currently, the Taormina Film Festival is held here.
The day will end with panoramic views of the splendid Cyclops Riviera.
After the tour has finished, you will return to your hotel in Catania.
After enjoying breakfast, and at the time indicated, we will transfer you to Catania airport to board your departure flight.
After spending a few fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again to create some more wonderful moments that will be lovingly etched in your memory forever.
Have a nice trip! Or as Italians say: “Buon Viaggio!”